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How to Make Your House Smell Better

No matter how much of a clean-freak you are, the odors and stenches of daily life are unavoidable. However, do not allow that to get you down — there often is a homemade, easy method of dispelling stink from each area in your house.

  1. Smelly trash

Wash outdoor and indoor garbage cans using soapy, hot water to extract stinky bits and debris. You should leave a few used fabric softener sheets inside the bottom of the kitchen compactor and garbage can to absorb smells.

  1. Burnt-on food spill

If food sources from your casserole dish bubbles over to the oven floor or stovetop, sprinkle salt upon the drips that absorb the burned odor (it’ll also make it simpler to clean up later).

  1. Musty freezer

Put a clean sock that is filled up with dry coffee grounds in to deodorize the pesky spot inside the kitchen.

  1. Foul dishwasher

Check that your drain hose is not crimped, and peek inside the bottom of the machine for chunks of gunk and food. You can pour one gallon of household vinegar inside the bottom, allow it to sit for one or two hours then run your washer through a complete cycle. If the smell still is strong, contact a plumber. It potentially could be a hazardous issue which must be fixed by a professional.

  1. Rancid counters and wooden cutting boards

Scrub wood using a mix of baking soda or salt and lemon juice. Rinse well then season using mineral oil.

  1. Pungent kitchen

When cooking sharp-smelling things, such as cabbage or fish, put a little bowl of white vinegar on your stove to absorb any smells. To stop any offensive refrigerator odors, pour baking soda inside a plastic butter tub then poke holes inside the lid; then change as often as you need to.

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